The South Sound Fly Fishers Club depends on the work of its members. Here are the current year’s Board of Directors.
I began fly fishing about 20 years ago in Texas. For the first few years I fished with flies that were given to me. I decided to try tying my own after watching others tie. I learned a lot by trial and many errors, but I was fortunate to be able to learn from some master fly tyers in the north Texas area. I passed the Silver Tyer level of the International Federation of Fly-fishers (IFF) a few years ago and might start working on the gold level one of these days.
When I retired my wife and I moved to Olympia. We are enjoying getting to know the area and discovering new fishing spots. These days I spend as much time in front of my fly tying vise as I do fishing, but I hope to change that in this new year.
Randy has been a member of South Sound Fly Fishers since moving to Olympia in 2002. He enjoys teaching casting to beginners. He loves to see it come together when students competently cast and catch their first fish on a fly. If they built the rod and tied the fly it’s even more rewarding!
I have a passion for fly fishing and fly tying. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and skills with those new to the sport. Some of my favorite places to fish are: South Puget Sound; Hood Canal; Yakima River; Madison River (inside Yellowstone Park); Lake Chopaka; Ascension Bay, Mexico; and Dry Falls Lake.
I’m a member of the South Sound Fly Fishing club in Olympia, WA and I’m currently serving as their Treasurer. I’m also a long time member and past President of the Puget Sound Fly Fishers club in Tacoma, WA (winner of the Fly Fishers Iingernational’s (FFI) 2008 McKenzie Cup). I am a life member of FFI. I’m currently serving on their Board of Directors as their Treasurer. I was honored to receive the FFI’s Fly Fisher of the Year award in August 2017. I’m obsessed with fly tying and have been teaching and demonstrating fly tying for over 20 years. I’m a charter member of the FFI’s Fly Tying Group. I have been actively involved with the Washington State Council of the FFI for over 25 years and have served as their VP of Communications; Senior Advisor; Treasurer; Secretary; Director at Large and as a National Director.
I grew up in San Francisco and have been fishing since I was a young child. I have many fond childhood memories of fishing the Truckee River. I started fly fishing about 9 or 10 years ago.
I retired from a job with the Federal Government and moved to Olympia Washington in 2021. I was excited to be back on the West Coast. Now I would like to work on conservation issues concerning freshwater fisheries.
I especially love fishing for trout, salmon and steelhead. More recently, I have been focusing on learning spey fishing. It has been so fun learning about all the fishing opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to fishing, I compete in dog agility and raise orchids.
I am glad to have found the South Sound Fly Fishers to help with learning about fishing in the region. I will be serving as the club Secretary for 2023.
I mostly grew up in Spokane where I began fishing with my stepdad. Some 40 years later he is still fishing and serves as an inspiration. College and other pursuits such as triathlons, running, rock climbing and large format photography occupied my time. We lived in California and Oregon and moved back to Washington in 2003 when an interest in fishing started to rekindle. The rule book was a bit daunting and I was working a lot, so it wasn’t until about 2007 when I returned to fishing, this time with an interest in fly fishing. The romanticism of catching a steelhead on the fly got me hooked. I recently started tying. I was calling around to find a fly-casting instructor when I learned of South Sound Fly Fishers. I joined the group mid-way through 2021 and the next thing I know I’m on the board. Like many things, the more I learn the more I find there is to know. As a member of the board, I look forward to meeting everyone, learning together and going on outings.
Jared Wood – Director at Large
I grew up fishing in Montana with my father who was a fly fisher and flytier. After school and work interrupted my fishing I was able to return to more outdoor pursuits as I aged and eventually retired. I am excited about my role as conservation director
Our Newsletter Editor for 2022 is Bruce Baker.
Bruce began fly fishing in his home New Jersey. While attending grad school at Humboldt State University he took advantage of some casting classes to improve his techniques. This led to some great Sierra trout streams and all over the Olympic Peninsula.. He mostly enjoys Alpine lake fishing. But don’t let that fool you – his family in Florida will attest to Bruce fishing their southern salt water.
Vic Andrade moved from the Midwest to Washington in 2016 after retiring from a career in IT. He joined the SSFF after taking the Introduction to Fly Fishing Class in 2019. He uses his experience in maintaining his blog about his cross country bicycling adventures to maintain the club’s website and Facebook page.
I grew up in the Seattle area and fished as a youth for many years. As time moved on and I completed my working years, I retired in 2000 and discovered fly fishing. It wasn’t long before I became active with PSFF in 2001, a Life Member of the FFI in 2002 and BOD member of the WSCIFFF in 2003, and a BOD member for SSFF in committing to various officer responsibilities. I am presently the Government Affairs Chairman for the WSCIFFF. 13 years ago I became a Co-Director of The NW Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Academy in Lacey, WA. Along with Jim Brosio, we assumed the responsibility of continuing the Academy, after the founder, Dick Nye retired. The Academy is for boys and girls 12-16 years old, conducted for one week, usually the last week of June. I have been proud to conduct the Youth Programs at the annual FFI National events. I am proud to have received the Lew Jewett Memorial Life Award from the FFI. The future of our FFI organization is in the future of our youth.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future – FDR
Doug Dunster grew up in Montana and has been a Washingtonian since 1967. He is recently retired after a long career as an environmental consultant. He started fly fishing in the mid-1970’s while at Central Washington University where he got a MS in biology. His Masters thesis was a study of pesticide effects on Stoneflies in Northeastern Oregon streams. How can you study stoneflies and not fly fish? He cut his teeth flyfishing on the Yakima River and eastern Washington lakes, with trips to fish Montana rivers, the Deschutes and Grande Ronde in Oregon, and various locations in Alaska. He chased steelhead for many years and felt the thrill of the take and headshake from some big beauties. Most fly fishing these days is in lakes from a pontoon boat as an old back injury hinders how much he can fish standing up anymore.
Kevin describes himself as a “self-inflicted” fly fisher starting in the late 1970s in Colorado. Kevin began his fly fishing journey with little equipment when an aging customer, also a fly fisher, befriended Kevin. Upon the customer’s passing the family contacted Kevin because the deceased had written Kevin into his will.
The surviving family offered Kevin a lot of his buddy’s fly-fishing gear. Kevin offered to take a fly box here, some flies there, but he didn’t want to appear greedy. No. The family tells him that they are all lazy, and no one had any interest in learning the sport; they insisted he take it all. Eight boxes of vises, fly tying gear, books, including a bamboo rod.
Knowing Kevin was really hooked, his thoughtful wife, Cynthia, enrolled him in a fly fishing class where he learned some casting, knots, fly presentation. . . and Kevin immediately caught a bunch of trout!
From his next home in New Mexico fly fishing waters were a minimum 2 ½ hours drive one-way. And he made those drives, and he caught big-big trout. He expanded his interest to include restoring Comanche Creek, working 1,200 labor hours over 10 years. Originally the Creek presented a fisher with Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout a mere five-to-six inches. Years later Kevin was catching 14 inchers!
He’s had numerous days of 50-plus fish. But, his current focus is on quality – quality of the experience, camaraderie, and the fun of the day. On his recent trip to our Kennedy Creek he caught the little 6‑inchers with (very nearly) the same excitement as when he describes catching 20‑plus inch trout. It’s all wonderful.
And you can thank Kevin for the litter he removes to make our fishing worlds a little nicer – a great example of a fly fisher who sees a bigger picture than numbers of fish caught.